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Britain looking into debt relief for Sudan: envoy

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February 13, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The British government along with the United States have formed a joint committee to look into possible debt relief for Sudan’s debt, the U.K. ambassador said today.

Sudan has been lobbying intensively to have its debt canceled as a reward for letting the referendum held in the South last month to go smoothly and recognizing its outcome.

The British ambassador to Sudan Nicholas Kay who met today with the minister of the International Cooperation, Jalal Al-Digair said that the Treasury in his country is examining ways to alleviate Sudan’s debt burden.

Most of Sudan’s debt dates back to the days of late president Ga’afar Nimeiri. It grew from $9 billion in 1985 to $37.8 billion.

It is believed that Sudan owes Britain close to $1 billion in debt.

The United States promised to assist Sudan internationally with its debt relief effort but cautioned that this is a lengthy and complex process.

The British envoy also revealed that a parliamentary delegation will visit Khartoum later this month to review situation on the ground following the South Sudan’s overwhelming vote in favor of secession.

(ST)

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  • 14 February 2011 10:39, by Peter Mading

    Now you see Bashir,
    These huge outstanding debts were not meant for Development at all. They were meant for Destruction of the Sudan. Debts as dated back to period of Nimeri. Debts for Developing Destructions from Westerners (DDDW) for many decades. It is good that Britain pardon you for the seek of a referendum held in South Sudan. Otherwise, be a good advisor, an experience leader in complex situation.

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    • 14 February 2011 12:43, by Ito

      Dear Readers,

      I think the proposed plan by Great Britain together with the United States to discuss the cancellation of Sudan’s debt as a compliment for recognizing south sudan referendum result and of not holding it hostage in one way or the other is wonderful; but I just want to suggest that the cancellation of debt because of the aforementioned reasons is a mediocre, because it is sincerely speaking has nothing to do with the peace provisions articulated in the hard-won Comprehensive peace agreement.

      This plan is not an all inclusive one because it does not alleviate the suffering that is taking place in South sudan right now, it does not provide a precondition for ceasing the conflict in the Western Darfur region and finally does not resolved the real issues surrounding the system of governance in Khartoum.

      So I hope the package will deeply look into these matters at the end of the session between the two sisterly countries.

      Thanks

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  • 14 February 2011 19:08, by Deng Ateny Lueth

    Britain is driving another agenda which could set both North and South Sudan into another chaos, but watch.

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